Wed., Sept. 20---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. WesternWashington---
Wed. Sept. 20---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---
Fri., Sept. 22---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at CalStateMontereyBay---
Fri., Sept. 22---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield---
Fri., Sept. 22---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Loyola Marymount---
Fri., Sept. 22---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield---
Sat., Sept. 23---Cross Country---UCSD at Roy Griak Invitational---
Sun., Sept. 24---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---
Sun., Sept. 24---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---
WATER POLO SHOWDOWN WITH LMU FRIDAY AT CANYONVIEW
Conference nemesis Loyola Marymount invades La Jolla Friday night to face the fifth-ranked Men’s Water Polo team at Canyonview Pool...It will be the two teams’ second meeting of the week as Coach Denny Harper’s squad nicked the Lions, 9-8, in the fifth place game at last weekend’s NorCal Tournament...UCSD brings an 11-2 mark into the showdown between the WWPA’s perennial powers...LMU, ranked seventh last week, stands 6-4 on the year and is the defending conference champion.
In Palo Alto, Friday, the Tritons absorbed their first loss of the season, 11-8, to No. 4 Stanford...Despite getting the first smudge on their ’06 ledger, there were plenty of positives...The two clubs were tied at eight with four minutes to go before the Cardinal stepped up to snatch the victory...Seniors Jesse Casellini and Ty Lackey tallied three times apiece and goalie Jeremy Randall, last week’s conference Player of the Week, made 18 saves...The Tritons led, 2-0, 3-1, and 5-3 with Stanford taking the lead for the first time at 7-6...A Lackey goal with just over six minutes to go gave UCSD its final advantage.
At Stanford, in the opening round of the annual NorCal Tournament the next day, the Tritons struggled but finally subdued UC Irvine, 11-9 in overtime, their second win of the year over the Anteaters...A.J. Kotanjian hammered home five goals in the win and Lackey chipped in with three...UCSD gave UCI every chance to win, missing a pair of penalty shots, failing to convert on a two-man advantage and then giving up the tying goal with just three ticks left on the clock in the fourth period...But Kotanjian and Steven Donohoe tallied in the overtime session to secure the victory...In game two, No.1-ranked Cal stopped UCSD, 12-8...The Golden Bears raced out to a 7-2 halftime advantage but the Tritons narrowed it to 8-6 with a big third quarter before Cal sewed things up...Kotanjian and Lackey scored two apiece in the loss.
Sunday, junior Curtis Williamson scored with remaining to lift the Tritons past Pacific in a 12-11 nailbiter...It was tight all the way as the teams were tied, 7-7, at halftime and periods...The No. 9 Tigers inched ahead, 11-10, in the fourth quarter, but Casellini’s third goal of the game, a penalty shot at 2:36, tied it again and set the stage for Williamson’s game-winner...It was an unusual play as Williamson came from behind and swatted the ball out of the hand of Pacific goalie Brian Domecus and into the goal...The Tritons took fifth place overall by edging LMU, 9-8...In another seesaw battle, in which both teams made liberal use of their benches, UCSD broke an 8-8 deadlock with in the fourth quarter to claim victory...Freshman Daniel Garcia had his biggest game of the young season, connecting for three goals.
VOLLEYBALL (9-2) TO HOST DOMINGUEZ HILLS WEDNESDAY
The 11th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team, hoping to build on Saturday’s road victory at Cal Poly Pomona, plays at home Wednesday night against Cal State Dominguez Hills and then travels to Cal State Monterey Bay for a Saturday afternoon match...Coach Tom Black’s spikers are now 9-2 overall and 4-2 in the CCAA after splitting a pair of road matches last weekend...UCSD has slipped to fourth in the conference standings, two games behind league-leading Cal State San Bernardino...Dominguez and Monterey, with one victory apiece, are in the cellar.
Trying to rebound from their first loss of the season, the Tritons instead fell for the second consecutive time, suffering a 3-0 (30-17, 30-19, 30-25) loss at No. 7 Cal State San Bernardino...UCSD out-blocked the Coyotes, 7-3, but was again substandard offensively (.265-.129 hitting percentage deficit) and the normally strong serving game delivered just one ace while misfiring 12 times...Junior Amber Ries was a standout, crushing 14 kills while hitting at a .393 clip.
Black tweaked his starting lineup the next night and with junior Kim Adams assuming the setting chores and handing out 37 assists, UCSD turned things around, whitewashing Cal Poly Pomona, 3-0 (31-29, 30-18, 30-16)...Middle blocker Brianna Koche and outside hitter Rebecca Bailey led the offense with 11 kills each and Nicole Courtney added 10 as the Tritons rifled 15 aces, with Adams (5) and Courtney (4) combining for nine of those...UCSD also clearly won the hitting battle (.234-.032) and libero Natalie Facchini had 15 digs.
TRITON MEN REMAIN UNDEFEATED IN CCAA SOCCER RACE
Still undefeated (4-0-1) in CCAA play after collecting a trio of conference victories last week, the Men’s Soccer team faces another three-game week as regional foe Western Washington comeS to La Jolla Wednesday and then the Tritons tangle with CCAA South rivals Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State L.A. on the road, Friday and Sunday...UCSD now sports a 5-1-1 overall record and sits a game and a half up on Cal State Dominguez Hills atop the CCAA South standings.
Coach Derek Armstrong’s side started the week off in fine fashion with a 1-0 upset of 15th-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills in a nip-and-tuck affair typical of recent clashes between the two teams...The Tritons, outshot 18-5 in the first 90 minutes, connected for the only score of the contest in the 103rd minute...The clinching play started with a Tom Winkler corner kick that resulted in a scramble at the top of the box...Sophomore forward Tom Caplan had the first opportunity but the ball eventually came to freshman Tony Choi who fired a shot that deflected off a Toro player and into the net...The goal was Choi’s second of the season and lifted UCSD to its first victory over Dominguez in the schools’ last five meetings...Sophomore keeper Luis Salazar got his second shutout.
The good times kept rolling for the Tritons in Northern California as they handed host Cal State Stanislaus its first CCAA loss, 3-1, Friday...UCSD bolted out of the gate as the bearded Caplan headed in a feed from Choi 1:57 into the contest for his first goal of the year...After the Warriors evened things, senior Mark Moreira’s fifth goal sent UCSD into the half with a 2-1 lead...Sophomores Jonathan Sawyer and Michael Grubic combined to ice it for the Tritons with the latter collecting his first collegiate goal at 75:17...Salazar made five saves as Stanislaus outshot UCSD, 15-10, and won the corner kick battle, 11-4.
Sunday, Choi scored with just four seconds remaining in the second and final overtime, allowing UCSD to leave town with a 1-0 triumph over host Chico State...In a skirmish much like the Dominguez Hills tussle five days earlier, the Tritons were opportunistic as Chico dominated both the shots (18-5) and corners (3-1) categories...Senior Matt Horn initiated the action in the closing seconds, flicking a ball on that Choi converted into the “golden goal,” his second of the week...Salazar was again in the net for shutout No. 3.
WOMEN’S SOCCER SEES SEVEN-GAME STREAK ENDED
It’s back to the road for the 12th-ranked Women’s Soccer team which went 2-1 last week, bringing its season mark to 7-1 (4-1 CCAA)...The Tritons will travel to Cal State Bakersfield Friday and visit Cal State L.A. two days later, trying to reclaim the CCAA South Division lead which now belongs to Cal State L.A. (4-0-1).
The Tritons opened the week, still without the services of four starters—Megan Dickey, Kelly Cochran, Alise Malley and Kathy Sepulveda—but showed no ill effects, controlling play while earning a surprisingly easy, 1-0, decision over visiting Cal State Dominguez Hills Tuesday...UCSD got all the scoring it needed at the 30:49 mark when junior Chelsey Campbell sent a long range cross from the left side that was re-directed into the goal by Ali Lai for her team-leading fourth goal of the season...Anchored by goalkeeper Jessica McGovern (six saves), the defense held firm through some anxious moments in the closing minutes, to gain its third shutout of the young season.
McManus & Co. immediately hit the road for a critical two-game trip to Northern California...The first stop was Cal State Stanislaus where the Tritons overpowered the Warriors in the second half for a shocking, 5-0, victory...UCSD put 10 shots on goal in the first 45 minutes but the two teams went into halftime scoreless...The floodgates broke early in the second half as Malley and Sepulveda celebrated their return to the lineup with an unassisted goal each and the Tritons were off to the races...Junior Alexia Zatarain netted the first goal of her collegiate career, sophomore Natasha Belak-Berger collected her first of the year off a Campbell corner kick and then Campbell put the icing on the rout scoring directly off a corner...Overall, the Tritons outshot Stanislaus, 23-8, and won 11 corners to just two for the hosts.
The UCSD women finally suffered their first defeat of 2006, a 1-0 setback at Chico State Sunday afternoon...A Wildcat goal in the 34th minute proved to be decisive in an evenly-played contest that saw the Tritons finish with the advantage in both shots (12-7) and corner kicks (6-5).
MIDWEST RACE ON TAP FOR CROSS COUNTRY SQUAD
Coach Ted Van Arsdale’s Cross Country team goes to the Midwest this weekend for its first big Division II showdown of the season at the annual Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, MN...The Saturday event will feature an 8K men’s race and 6K for the women...It is expected to be the first time this fall that both teams are fielding their strongest lineups.
At last Saturday’s Aztec Invitational at Balboa Park, the UCSD women’s “B” team finished seventh in a 15-team open field while the Van Arsdale’s men’s entry claimed ninth in the invitational division...For the women, senior Nina Miller was first across the line, clocking 19:18 for the 5,000 m., putting her seventh...Freshman Melanie Swan turned in a time of 20:47 to place 36th...The Tritons other three scorers were Kristen Buono (40th/21:05), Sofia Lische (56th/21:33) and Jenna Kohnke (80th/22:41)...For Miller, who has been three-to-four weeks behind in training due to injuries, it was just the second outing of the year and she appears to be rounding into the kind of shape that could elevate her to the top five in Minnesota.
In the men’s 8K competition, sophomore Jake LeVieux, making his first start of the season, came in 20th(26:59) and another soph, Daniel Anderson was 41st (27:32)... Rounding out the top five for the Tritons were Gabe LaMothe (45th/27:42), Max Mullender (56th/28:00) and Timur Crone (68th/28:24), all underclassmen...LeVieux went out aggressively and sat fourth after one and a half miles but started to fade from the top group at about the three mile mark.
JOHNSON ELEVATED TO HEAD COACH OF MEN’S CREW
Zach Johnson, an assistant coach for the last three years, was named to replace Mark Davis as head coach of the UCSD Men’s Crew team last week...Johnson has nine years of coaching experience under his belt including a stint as head men’s coach of the club rowing team at San DiegoState, his alma mater.